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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

December 24, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

YE-POSITIVE MOMENTS

The year was filled with headlines of massacres, wildfires, hurricanes and other calamities that claimed hundreds of lives, but there were positive moments in the midst of these events. A look at how people volunteered in unexpected ways in some of the nation’s darkest moments of 2018. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: About 1160 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

WOMAN SHOT IN FACE _ Authorities say a woman is expected to survive after being shot in the face in western Pennsylvania.

MAN SHOT IN GROIN _ Police say a man who was shot three times in the groin in Philadelphia took a Lyft to the hospital.

CHILDREN STARVED-WOMAN CHARGED _ Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman starved three children who had been left in her care.

WAREHOUSE FIRE-PHILADELPHIA _ A massive fire at a paper recycling facility in Philadelphia was brought under control after numerous firefighters battled the blaze for several hours.

SPORTS:

FBN--TEXANS CLINCH

HOUSTON _ The Houston Texans clinched a playoff berth with Pittsburgh’s loss to New Orleans on Sunday to put them in the postseason for the fifth time in franchise history. But the already injury-riddled Texans likely lost receiver Demaryius Thomas for the season with an Achilles tendon injury and cornerback Kareem Jackson status for Sunday is unclear after injuring his knee in Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: About 600 words.

YE--STORY OF THE YEAR

The depths of Larry Nassar’s depravity began to emerge some 15 months before the calendar flipped to 2018 — when reports of his sexual abuse first appeared in newspaper stories that would eventually lead to a trial and, ultimately, to the doctor’s imprisonment. But it was January 2018, the month when more than 150 female athletes testified at Nassar’s sentencing hearing for convictions on child-porn and sex-abuse charges, that marked a turning point in a crisis that has inflicted untold damage. By Eddie Pells. SENT: About 930 words.

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